Capital Clean-Up: Love Clean London
June 13, 2011 1 Comment
Local School Pupils, Brigade, Cllr Susan Wise, and Kulveer Ranger
Capital Clean-Up, supported by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson and run in partnership with London’s councils and Keep Britain Tidy, was kick-started last week by Kulveer Ranger, the Mayor’s Director of Environment in Lewisham. He was joined by school children, City Hall staff, firefighters from London Fire Brigade, Lewisham’s cabinet member for customer services, council and local volunteers to help clear an alleyway which has been blighted by fly-tipping. They were helped out by a team of local firefighters who highlighted how to properly dispose of waste in an effort to drive down the number of rubbish fires in the capital, which reached more than 8,000 in 2010.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: ‘This year’s Capital Clean-Up is a great show of people power. Over the coming weeks, an army of volunteers will roll up their sleeves to remove grime and litter, helping to make their neighbourhood a cleaner, greener, safer place to live. We can all do our bit to bring the village back into our city and Londoners can work with us to make a real difference to quality of life and London’s image ahead of the 2012 Games.’
Kulveer Ranger, the Mayor’s Environment Director said: “I am delighted to roll up my sleeves and help kick-start this series of clean up events. Abandoned rubbish and fly-tipping blights communities and can ruin much needed public space. It is fantastic that so many people are already working together in this way and if you and your friends feel inclined to get involved it’s simple to log on and find out how.”
Councillor Susan Wise, Lewisham’s Cabinet Member for Customer Services, said: “Lewisham welcomes the launch of this year’s Capital Clean-Up. Lewisham has much to offer the capital by way of experience and expertise. It has introduced innovative and creative methods to deal with litter and fly-tipping. The LoveLewisham campaign which began in 2005 and progressed to LoveCleanStreets has since been adopted by the Mayor of London’s office as LoveCleanLondon and has made a real difference to the environment and won the borough national acclaim.”